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The Best FREE Things To Do In Myrtle Beach

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Planning a family vacation can quickly escalate into a costly endeavor. Accommodations, dining, entertainment, and travel expenses are all things to take into considerations. Luckily for you, the fact that Myrtle Beach offers a wide array of FREE things to do is just one of the many reasons that we are considered one of the most popular family destinations along the east coast. Check out the top 5 free things to do in Myrtle Beach and pack your itinerary without packing the wallet:


Public Parks

There are several public parks along the Grand Strand that are completely free to the public! Parks are a great place to enjoy the great outdoors without the hassle of the salt and the sand. Enjoy a picnic, the playground, and even a little friendly competition with games in the open green areas. Popular public parks include Valor Park at Market Common, McLean Park, Ocean Park, Chapin Park, and the new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.



The free museums in Myrtle Beach are a great way to beat the heat or escape a rare rainy day. Local museums that offer free admission include the Chapin Art Museum, which features an array of genres and exhibits throughout the year, and the South Carolina Hall of Fame, which celebrates outstanding citizens throughout history. The museums are fun for the kids but also keep mom and dad entertained, which is always a plus.


Local Events
You won’t have to look far to find a slew of free events in the area during your trip. Hot Summer Nights is a popular promotion during the summer that offers free entertainment throughout the week – including a kids carnival on Mondays, fireworks on Saturdays, and seaside concerts on other nights. Broadway at The Beach, Barefoot Landing, and Market Commons are also great places to head to for free events. Market Common is known for their Movies Under The Stars presentations each Wednesday while Barefoot Landing and Broadway offer fireworks shows and free kid friendly games and entertainment.


Garden City Pier

Head just south of Myrtle Beach to Garden City to take advantage of the area’s only free pier! Most other area piers charge a small fee to cover maintenance expenses throughout the year, though the Garden City Pier makes up for those expenses in other areas. The Pier features a small children’s park and is a great place to enjoy an afternoon stroll and perhaps even a little crabbing. The pier also hosts live entertainment in the evenings during the summer.



Of course, one cannot forget the pristine Atlantic coast beaches! Make the most out of your experience by planning for beach days in advance. Invest a little in beach activities, like sandcastle materials, Frisbees or footballs, and water toys. The beach is also a great place to enjoy a little friendly competition with games like bocce ball, ladder ball, or corn hole. Packing a picnic, games, and even a book or two can make a normal beach day one to remember!


Surfside Beach Pier

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